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Foster & Kin Care Education

Mendocino College Foster and Kinship Care Education (FKCE) program offers training, information and resources to foster and kinship caregivers in Mendocino and Lake Counties. The FKCE program plays a vital role in providing licensed foster parents and relative caregivers with the training and education that will help them in meeting the multifaceted and often complex needs of the foster children in their care.

Classes are free of charge and open to foster parents, prospective foster parents, adoptive parents, kinship providers, social workers, and other interested persons.

Program Mission
The mission of the Foster and Kinship Care Education program is to provide quality education and support opportunities to caregivers of children and youth in out-of-home care so that these providers may meet the educational, emotional, behavioral and developmental needs of children and youth in the foster care system.

Guiding Values
The development of foster and Kinship Care Education is guided by the belief that children and youth will achieve their fullest potential when:

  • Children/youth feel they belong to families that are strong, safe and nurturing.
  • There is consistency in care.
  • Caregivers are qualified, caring, and knowledgeable.
  • Caregivers are retained.
  • Caregivers are linked to and collaborate with community support services.

There is permanency that is in the best interests of the child.The Independent Living Program (ILP) provides educational training to help youth in foster care and emancipated foster youth ages 16 to 21, develop the skills and competence needed to become self sufficient. The competency-based educational training includes:

  • Daily Living Skills
  • Survival Skills
  • Choices and Consequences
  • Interpersonal/Social Skills
  • Employment
  • Education: College and Career Planning
  • Computer/Internet Skills

Independent Living Program Mission
The mission of the Community College Foundation Statewide Independent Living Program (ILP) is to assist foster youth in out-of-home placement and emancipated youth between the ages of 16 and 21, to become self-sufficient as they transition from foster care.

ILP support helps instill resilience, and competency-based educational training helps each youth attain her/his maximum level of functioning and thrive. ILP provides adult care providers with skills to promote successful emancipation among youth in their care.

Created: January 27, 2006 @ 12:49 PM
Last Modified: January 27, 2006 @ 12:49 PM


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